Spring is here, we can smell it and it’s time to put away your knits. Because I’m willing to bet you’ve heard it a hundred times but still don’t believe it, I’ll say it again: Washing pieces by hand is easier than you think and completely worth it for extending the life, shape, and general well-being of your clothing. Your most-loved pieces are going to require a wash before putting them away and here’s an easy guide for you.
Always read our care labels and you’ll find that, in most cases, alpaca wool can be washed with these simple steps.
Step 1. Fill a basin with cool water. Add mild soap, preferably an eco-friendly variety.
Step 2. Place sweater or knits in water and swirl gently.
Step 3. Rinse. Drain basin. Gently press sweater/knits to remove excess water, being careful not to wring or twist.
Step 4. Spread sweater or knits on a thick, dry towel. Roll towel the way you would a yoga mat, pressing as you go. Do not twist towel.
Step 5. Unroll. Lay sweater/knits on a dry towel on a flat, waterproof surface. To reshape sweater: Spread arms out straight, push ribbing together, align collar and button any buttons. If there is a belt, dry it separately. After 12 to 24 hours (depending on the thickness of knit), turn sweater/knits over and spread out on a dry towel. You won’t need to reshape but you can pat and fluff.
Step 6. Once completely dry, your sweater/ knits should be ready to wear. If any wrinkles or folds remain, use a steamer to remove.
Remember: Always wash sweaters or knits before storing and in doing it so by hand you are also minimizing great environmental impact.
Now Enjoy Spring!